Head of School
Basketball & Bilingualism: It was a busy weekend plus for HIS. The girls and boys high school basketball teams were in Nagoya and Kobe to participate in tournaments. It was enjoyable to be with the boys team and see and hear what incredible ambassadors our students are for the school.
Unrelated to basketball was the HIS Bilingualism presentation given by myself and Teaching- Administrator, Shannon Koga, at the invitation of JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers). We presented to a full room at the International Plaza and later joined panelists in a Q&A session. Look for future announcements as Ms. Koga and I plan to present this very important presentation for a second time to our community.
From the Principal’s Office
Report Cards: As teachers work on upcoming report cards, students are reminded to get all remaining assignments in on time to count toward semester 1 grades.
Semester One Reports will be sent home to parents during the first week of February.
Happy 3rd Birthday HIS Niseko!!
We celebrated with stone soup!
Hang on to your hats because this Thursday is Pyjama Day!!
Thanks this week go to the coaches and chaperones who accompanied the basketball teams down to Nagoya and Kobe. Coach Mario, Coach Kaori and Mrs. Fukui. Thank you for all your work and input.
Thanks also goes to Mrs. Koga for her shared role in supporting the important message of bilingualism. Your knowledge and passion in sharing information on language acquisition is appreciated by this community.
Sasha & Mr. Robinson somewhere east of Toishiyama (Ph cap)
A student of the Outdoor Pursuits snowshoed 8.2 km over the weekend, reaching her goal of Sankyakuyama of the Toishiyama trail.
Next ADHOC snowshoe is February 15.
AdHOC trips … just email Dave Piazza
at email@example.com for more information
ArtSonia Gallery for
Elementary On-line Gallery at ArtSonia
Art Room News – Invitation to the Art Gallery of your child
MP1 through 3 students have explored art and created very nice work. Their beautiful art is uploaded to their own Art Gallery on ArtSonia (http://www.artsonia.com). Please do not forget to activate the digital portfolio of their individual Art Gallery.
It is easy to activate the gallery. Please go to artsonia.com/permission, and then go to your child’s screen typing in the screen name on the Permission Form. On the screen, you will see the column to type the security key. Please type the unique security key on the Permission Form, and set up the security Q&A. Please feel free to contact me if you have any question or concerns.
The online gallery is also a great way to share your child’s art work with family, relatives and friends.
The Music Department is looking for volunteers who are available and willing to help to get ready for the concert. Jobs will include: sorting out costumes, making small props, helping out at rehearsals,etc. If you have time and energy during school hours and/or after school and are willing to help, please email me the following information by Friday, January 30th.
- Your name
- Your child name
- Your availability (For example, “Monday morning & Thursday after school”)
- Your contact info.
Thank you for your support!
Foreign Language Department
International Day and Winter Celebration 2014 was a great success! The devotion of students, faculty and parents to this event proves once again that HIS is very special place where everyone honors the cultures we came from.
The foreign language department would like to give special thanks the following people and groups:
PTA for the financial support,
Mr. Katayama for organizing the communication through art and technology,
HIS Office Staff for the welcoming reception and helping the lantern,
Niseko students and teachers for travelling in the snow and participating in many programs,
Mr. Ratzliff and Mrs. Oda for the mochi pounding,
Mr. Salter and his art class students for decorating the school building with beautiful art works,
Mr. Swarn for the arrangement of the equipments,
Mr. Piazza and Mrs. Currie for the fun booths,
Ms. Nara for helping out students and displaying artworks everyday,
Hugh, Adnan, Raffi and Amy for outstanding service as emcees,
Sports teams for setting up the tables and chairs,
All teachers for showing the spirit with your flexibility and smile,
All students for the enthusiasm, kindness, creativity and volunteer.
Activities for this session will include Snow Fun, Fascinating Puzzles, Mini Golf and Guitar. Notices will come home this week.
Want to see more upcoming events? Check out the newly updated calendar on the Calendar
Joshua Gan, an Admissions Officer at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne will be in Sapporo on Thursday, 29th January 2015, to meet and recruit potential students and to introduce the hospitality industry and the wide range of career opportunities available.
I’ve been receiving a variety of info on various summer programs both locally and abroad. Stop by and check out the lovely brochures. Here is a link to the page on US programs updated by the counsellor at Saint Maur from the Kanto Plains International Schools Counsellor Association (KPISCA):
As always, please write if you have any questions. Office hours are B-days from 2-3:30.
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Sapporo - Thursday 29 January 2015 at lunch
May 2 SAT date registration is now open.
The College Corner on the 3rd floor has a variety of new mailings - stop by and check them out!
Link of the Week:
Poll shows more students in summer programs
- Jan 30 End of First Semester (Report Cards)
- Feb 2 Start of Semester Two
- Feb 6~8 Snow Festival Classic
Congratulations to the HS boys and girls teams who both returned from their weekend tournaments with trophies. the girls reclaimed the Husky-Dolphin Challenge trophy from Nagoya and the boys placed 3rd in their tournament in Kobe. Everyone who watched the live streaming of games enjoyed them so big thanks to Mrs Fukui and Mr Ratzliff for providing this service.
Go Huskies !
Babysitting/Odd Jobs Directory
Check out this directory of students able to help! Email Mrs. Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble accessing the directory or would like to post any job needs. If you know of anyone that needs help with specific projects, just write!
The next PTA Steering Committee meeting will be Wednesday, February 4th.
The PTA encourages all HIS families who have facebook to join “HIS Family and Friends” as this is a great way to find out about things going on at the school and in our community.
Invitation to be a Game Critic
Though a family contact the school was introduced to Mr. Kevin Yockey, founder of Club Penguin, a children’s gaming company that is now owned by Disneyland. The Mr. Yockey started a new gaming software company and has developed an educational game based on the abacus (soroban / そろばん). The company is looking for feedback on their developing game product.
The game provides challenges in the form of math question that need to be solved on the soroban abacus. The faster a player completes the challenges the harder the challenges become. The math is currently limited to addition and subtraction. The owners believe that someone who is actually familiar with the soroban will not find the game too challenging. There isn't a specific age-group in mind, anybody familiar with the soroban and able to add/subtract numbers should be able to play. The secondary students might be the perfect age (?)
They would like feedback on:
- Is the game fun?
- Is it clear how the game is played?
- Is the game easy to play but difficult to master?
- What do players like or dislike about it?
- Is there value in pursuing an educational angle or should we stick to casual gaming?
They are also eager to hear about any teaching tips or tools they could use to help an audience understand the mechanics of an abacus and play the game better. So far the biggest challenge is teaching people how to play the game, but once they learn it they typically enjoy it and come back for more.
If you or your child is interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Head of School, Barry Ratzliff at email@example.com
Yearbooks still available!
The books are 5000 yen. Sibling price is 8500 yen for two books. Limited supply. Contact Mr. Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Board Update
The Executive Board had their 3rd meeting of the school year on Wednesday, November 26th. The Board of Councilors had their 1st meeting on Wednesday, October 29th. Minutes of each Executive Board meeting appear a month later in the homepage Governance tab, section “Meeting Minutes Archives.” There is also a brief summary of each board meeting in the Governance section of the HIS website under the heading “Board News.” This is updated after each meeting. All the year’s minutes and previous years’ are accessible from the HIS homepage site, under the Governance tab, section the “Executive Board Minutes.”
Great News! HIS is running a Scholastic International School Book Club.
All books are now available for you to order online. You and your child can look through the paper catalogue and make your selection and then place your order online at http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/hokkaido-international
The online catalogue is also available for you to view directly at the Scholastic Website and to place your order online.
Please place your order online by February 28th, 2015.
Each order will earn free books for our school!
Delivery of the books to HIS will be between 7-10 days after the closing date. Your order will then be dispatched to your child in their classroom.
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 teacher, at email@example.com
There has been an error made on the paper catalogue. The prices should be:
675 Binky the Space Cat £2.42 / $3.99
760 Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions Pack £30.15 / $48.25